How will the orbiters be displayed

The results are in and Florida, Virginia/DC, New York and California were selected.  Chicago, Houston, Seattle, and Dayton top the list of those that came away dissapointed.  I’ll leave the analysis on who merited an orbiter and who didn’t for others, there is plenty out there to choose from.  What is getting missed in the hubbub is the plans that were made public by these museums on how they will display the orbiters.  Here are some highlights
Smithsoneon Air and Space display
The Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Viriginia will presumably display Discovery the way they displayed Enterprise.
Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has a spectaular plan that highlights critical missions such as ISS construction and Hubble Space Telescope servicing.
Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum, New York City
And those that didn’t get selected.
Space Center Houston
Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio
Adler Planetarium, Chicago
U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  They also aquired the little known Orbiter Protective enclosure which would have been used if the orbiter had landed outside the U.S.  in an emergency.
Museum of Flight, Seattle.  They even started construction of this facility before the results were annouced.  They’ll be getting a full sized mockup used in astronaut training to put in it though.
The Evergreen Aviation Museum in Oregon is already home to the massive Spruce Goose
Tulsa Air and Space Museum was thinking vertically, presumably to show off the payload bay doors that were manufactured there.
Thanks to the folks at for collecting up all these images.

Final locations for orbiters to be announced at 1pm EST

NASA Administrator Bolden will annouce where each of the 4 orbiters (including the non-space faring Enterprise which is expected to be given up by the Smithsoneon to make way for Discovery) will go.  The event includes ceremonies marking the 30th anniversary of the launch of STS-1 and will feature an unnamed astronaut from that mission.  It will all be avilable on NASA TV.  A press conference will follow at 3pm on the institutions receiving orbiters, avialable via streaming audio.

How Apollo flew to the Moon, in easy to understand language

There is no shortage of books on the Apollo program but many are aimed at early elementary readers or are so techincal that they are are inaccessible, especially to advanced elementary and middle school readers.  How Apollo Flew to the Moon by David Woods fills that void nicely with complete coverage of the Apollo program in plain language.  A second edition was recently released in a slightly larger format making the color photos in the book that much better.

How Apollo Flew to the Moon on Google Books

for science educators, outreach volunteers, amateur astronomers, or maybe just me